A variety show. At the time of uploading I hadn't fully viewed this file, so I don't know if the encoding turned out OK. This episode features Fred Astaire as host and many other talented people. I assume this is public domain, but if it isn't let me know. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Television, 1960s, Variety show, 1965
A 1964 episode of the popular Australian crime drama series. The country has 50-year copyright terms for TV broadcasts. This is incorrectly listed as the first successful Australian drama TV series, although there had been a handful of successful mini-series on ABC prior to this (also, soaps "Autumn Affair" and "The Story of Peter Grey", both intended to run a year, were reasonably well-received). Nevertheless, the success of this series resulted in an increase in local... Topics: Classic TV, Television, Australian television, 1960s, Drama, Crime drama, 1964
An episode of NBC's popular "Howdy Doody" program, complete with commercials and network ID. I haven't watched this episode for several years so I don't know if it is any good. This show could be fun, but it could also be crassly commercial. Also, I "borrowed" it from an official DVD release, but hopefully that won't effect its public domain status. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV Commercial, Howdy Doody, 1951, 1950s, Early television, Kinescope
An episode of NBC's popular series "Howdy Doody". Complete with the original commercials. This episode is noticeably better than the 2 October 1950 episode I uploaded. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Television, Howdy Doody, 1952, Live television, Early television, Kinescope
A 1950 episode of "Howdy Doody", a popular NBC children's series. For those of you who are addicted to kinescopes. The episode itself is OK, but there's too much commercialism going on. The kids even sing a shampoo jingle. The 1 October 1952 episode I also uploaded is less commercial and more interesting. Topics: Classic TV, Television, Howdy Doody, 1950, 1950s, Kinescope, Early television, Live television
Popular NBC children's show which aired live. Unfortunately this episode features an absurd amount of advertising (much more than a prime-time show of that era). In this episode, Howdy Doody promises a surprise man with a beard. Surprisingly, it isn't Santa Claus. Also of note is the promotional bit done for the Christmas episode of "Today". It's also interesting to note that the cast "sings" (emphasis on the quotation marks) a number of Christmas songs....which are still... Topics: Classic TV, Television, Howdy Doody, Christmas, Advertising
An episode of "Howdy Doody", NBC's hit TV series. Highlights include the "Howdy Doody Do" song. Lowlights include an awkward excerpt from a Mickey McGuire film. Contains the original, not very good commercials. I am pretty sure most of this episode aired live, since that was usually the case with children's shows of the period (elements that were definitely *not* live include the film excerpt, one of the commercials, and Howdy Doody's voice, which was pre-recorded).... Topics: Classic TV, Television, Howdy Doody, 1952, 1950s, Early television, Live television
An episode of "Howdy Doody". Includes the original commercials for Rice Krispies and Colgate. For some reason I find the scenes on the "changing island" to be atmospheric. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: 1953, Classic TV, Television, 1950s, Howdy Doody
An episode of "Puppet Playhouse Presents Howdy Doody" from 1948. This series was among the first "hits" of television. Topics: Classic TV, Television, Early Television, 1940s, 40s, 1940s TV, 1940s Television, Puppet Playhouse,...
Three consecutive episodes of 'Hawkins Falls'. It was on as a 15-minute weekday 'soap opera' from April 2, 1951 to July 1, 1955. Air Dates: Thursday March 31, Friday April 1, and Monday April 4, 1955. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Soap opera, 1955, NBC, 1950's, Drama
Jean Anouilh's play about the life, death, and trial of Joan of Arc is brought to television in this Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation starring Julie Harris as Joan, with Boris Karloff (reprising his 1956 Tony Award nominated performance), Basil Rathbone, and Eli Wallach. Original Air Date: February 10, 1957 Season 6, Episode 4 Includes original commercials. Unfortunately, there's 5-10 minutes of rough video in the middle. Topics: Classic TV, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Joan of Arc, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone
Happy Debut Episode: "Wedding anniversary" Aired on CBS on June 8, 1960 Show about a young married couple who manages the Desert Palm Hotel in Palm Springs, California and their baby, Happy. Starring Ronnie Burns and Yvonne Lime. Contains original commercials for Kraft. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Happy, 60's Television, 1960's, 1960, CBS, Sitcom, Kraft
This is not classic TV, but an attempt at editing by me. It collects footage, ranging from the 1930s to 1970s, combined with a jazz recording from the 1910s. Footage includes the air being polluted, some nice cars being destroyed, etc...To give credit where credit is due, let me say that I got the music recording from here. It is "Lonesome Road" by Wilbur C. Sweatman's Original Jazz Band, recorded in the late 1910s. I was originally intending to use an Earl Fuller track, but I didn't... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Editing, Stock footage
Source copy at the National Archives isn't in the greatest shape. National Archives description: "This "CBS Reports" film shows impoverished conditions and the exploitation of millions of migratory farm workers in the United States, some of whom worked for as little as a dollar a day. Spokesmen for various groups presented their views both for, and against, the use of migratory workers under the conditions seen. The documentary led to permanent changes in the laws protecting... Topics: Classic TV, CBS Reports, Murrow, Edward R., 1908-1965, Edward R. Murrow, Migrant labor -- United...
Here comes Tobar was a very short lived Sci-Fi television program. I don't know very much about this program that ran in 1957. It is about a crime fighting robot named Tobor and it is controlled telepathically by a little boy. If any of you know anything about this show please let me know so I can post it. ( 6 reviews ) Topics: Third Eye Cinema, Here Comes Tobor, 1950's, Classic TV, Sci-Fi Television, robots
Fragment of "Hold that camera", broadcast on DuMont's WABD on Dec. 1, 1950. The show aired Fridays from 8:30 - 9 pm and apparently lasted just 13 weeks. Roscoe Karns (Rocky King) drops in and makes a pitch for his own show later that evening. Note: Opening credits and some of the ("integrated") commercials for "Esquire Boot Polish" are missing from this Kinescope. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Live TV, 1950, DuMont, 1950's Television, Kinescope, Kyle MacDonnell, Roscoe Karns, Rex...
In this filmed series, screen star Melvyn Douglas appeared as a disbarred lawyer who had turned sleuth in an attempt to regain his right to practice law. A suave, mustachioed detective, he greased his way through assorted cases of blackmail and murder before finally reaching his goal - reinstatement as a lawyer - in the final episode. There this short series ended. Prior to it's network run, some episodes of Steve Randall were seen locally under the title of Hollywood Offbeat. Starring: Melvyn... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Classic TV, Television, 1953, Steve Randall, Detective, Drama, DuMont, CBS,...